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Mar 10th 2014

TechCrunch Disrupt Touches Down in London

The city of London enjoys a formidable reputation as a fast-growing startup ecosystem - and now, it has a global tech media franchise to further speak to that.

We're excited to announce that London will be host city for the second TechCrunch DISRUPT Europe. Over the past few years, the city has built its technology credentials to offer entrepreneurs a fantastic environment to grow digital businesses - and we believe the capital is the perfect destination as TechCrunch continues to expand its coverage and presence globally.

Taking place at the Old Billingsgate in East London, our conference kicks-off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon on October 18, followed by two days of on-stage interviews and panels with some of the biggest names in tech. The speakers will not only provide insight and advice, but give first-hand knowledge on what it takes to build an industry-leading company.

Disrupt London will also welcome Startup Battlefield - where competitors pitch their companies live and on stage to innovators, investors and influencers in the tech community - and Startup Alley, which offers another way for early-stage companies to gain exposure with a format that encourages both exhibiting and networking, as well as high visibility.

For more details, check out TechCrunch's article here.

Jan 11th 2014

News at TechCrunch, With A Big Year on the Horizon

As you may know, Eric Eldon is leaving his role as co-editor of TechCrunch. He and Alexia did a masterful job of stabilizing TechCrunch during 2012 and making it better than ever in 2013.

Both Eric and Alexia agreed that Matthew Panzarino is the right fit to replace Eric as co-editor, and are confident he'll inject new energy and ideas into the editorial equation.

From my standpoint, this change shows how well the editorial team has prospered in the last two years. Today, the brand and the editorial team is more powerful and confident than ever. Thank you, Eric and Alexia, and the rest of your outstanding team.

Batons get passed, and it's always a lot easier when you are the frontrunner. This hand off was as smooth as any I've know.

You can read more on what Eric and Alexia had to say here & here.

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